Penn State to host San Diego State during 2015 season

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The 2015 Penn State football schedule is near completion with today’s announcement that the Nittany Lions will host San Diego State on Sept. 26 in Beaver Stadium.

The two programs have never collided on the football field. Penn State has one non-conference game left to be scheduled to complete the 2015 slate, which is the final year with eight Big Ten Conference games. The nine-game Big Ten schedule begins in 2016.

San Diego State posted a 9-4 overall record and earned a share of the Mountain West Conference crown with a 7-1 record last season under head coach Rocky Long. A seven-game winning streak to end the regular season earned the Aztecs their first nine-win season since 1977 and a berth into the Poinsettia Bowl against Brigham Young University. Their 2013 schedule features at Sept. 7 game at Ohio State.

The Aztecs have earned a bowl bid each of the past three seasons, winning the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl against Navy, falling on a last-second field goal in the 2011 New Orleans Bowl against Louisiana-Lafayette and dropping a decision to the Cougars in the 2012 Poinsettia Bowl.

Penn State has a 4-0 record all-time against current Mountain West Conference members, having played Air Force (3-0) and Utah State (1-0). The last game against a current MWC member was in 1977, as the Nittany Lions beat Utah State in Beaver Stadium.

The Nittany Lions have met four programs from the state of California. Penn State has played against Cal, Stanford, UCLA and USC, compiling a 13-11 on-field overall mark and an 8-2 record at home.

Penn State also has a historic connection to the Golden State, as the Nittany Lions played Southern California in the first Rose Bowl Game played at Rose Bowl Stadium on Jan. 1, 1923. The Blue and White has traveled to California three times to compete in The Rose Bowl Game. Penn State played in San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium, the home stadium of the Aztecs, for the 1989 Holiday Bowl, which the Nittany Lions won, 50-39, over BYU behind 186 yards rushing and a touchdown from co-MVP Blair Thomas.

The Nittany Lions’ 2013 non-conference slate features three bowl teams from last season in Syracuse, UCF and Kent State, who was No. 25 in the final 2012 BCS rankings.

Long-time rivals Penn State and Pitt will meet every season from 2016-19. The Nittany Lions will play in Pittsburgh in 2016 and 2018 and the Panthers will play in State College in 2017 and 2019.

Over the past 13 years, Penn State's regular season non-conference opponents have included: Pitt (2000), Southern California (2000), Miami, Fla. (2001), Southern Miss (2001), Virginia (2001-02, 2012), University of Central Florida (2002, '04), Boston College (2003-04), South Florida (2005), Cincinnati (2005), Notre Dame (2006-07), Oregon State (2008), Syracuse (2008-09), Alabama (2010-11) and Ohio (2012).

The Nittany Lions also played Nebraska in 2002-03 before the Cornhuskers joined the Big Ten in 2011 and became Penn State's divisional crossover opponent.

Penn State is in its second season under head coach Bill O'Brien, who was the 2012 Bear Bryant, Maxwell Football Club and ESPN National Coach of the Year and the Big Ten-Dave McClain Coach of the Year. The Nittany Lions posted an 8-4 overall mark in 2012 and finished second in the Big Ten Leaders Division with a 6-2 record.

Penn State returns 16 starters and 37 letterwinners for the 2013 campaign. Season tickets are available for the 2013 season. The Nittany Lions will host three teams that finished in the 2012 BCS Top 25: Michigan (Oct. 12-Homeoming), Nebraska (Nov. 23) and Kent State (Sept. 21). Purdue (Nov. 16), Illinois (Nov. 2), UCF (Sept. 14) and Eastern Michigan (Sept. 7) also will visit Beaver Stadium this year. The Nittany Lions open the season Aug. 31 vs. Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

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2015 Penn State Football Schedule

Sept. 5 – at Temple

Sept. 12 – BUFFALO

Sept. 19 – RUTGERS *

Sept. 26 – SAN DIEGO STATE

Oct. 10 – INDIANA *

Oct. 17 – at Ohio State *

Oct. 24 – at Maryland * (M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore)

Oct. 31 – ILLINOIS *

Nov. 7 – at Northwestern *

Nov. 21 – MICHIGAN *

Nov. 28 – at Michigan State *

Home games are in all caps, * denotes a Big Ten game

(One non-conference game to be scheduled)

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Last Updated August 15, 2013